Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The United States should nominate the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project for the Memory of the World Register

UNESCO established its Memory of the World Program in 1992. In doing so it recognized that much of the world's documentary heritage was in peril. The program seeks to facilitate the preservation of digital heritage, to make it accessible to all, and to increase awareness of significant documentary heritage. In this latter respect, UNESCO's Memory of the World Register was created to list documentary heritage of world significance and outstanding universal value.

Adding the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project to the Register would accomplish several things. First and foremost, it would increase the world's awareness of the rich heritage we possess in the archive relating to this remarkable woman. Americans know of Mrs. Roosevelt as the first lady during the Great Depression and World War II who served as the eyes and ears for her disabled husband, and as the foremost civil rights advocate of her time. The archive includes a rich source of information on that important time, a time in which the United States played a major role in world history. However, Mrs. Roosevelt was much more, perhaps the most famous woman in the world in her later life, she worked tirelessly to relieve poverty and promote human rights globally.

It is especially appropriate that UNESCO recognize the importance of Eleanor Roosevelt's contributions because she was a great supporter of the United Nations and of UNESCO. She served on the first delegation of the United States to the United Nations and chaired the commission that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Recognition of the importance of this archive by UNESCO should help maintain the support that has been so critical to the gathering, maintenance and curation of this collection of written and recorded materials.

The inclusion of this project may also serve as a demonstration project within the Memory of the World Register of how such an archive can be protected while its content is being made more available to the public and while efforts are made to bring attention to the content and teach from its riches.
The project includes papers documenting Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and political career, comprising millions of pages of records stored in libraries and archives in all fifty states, and throughout the world, The Eleanor Roosevelt Project selects the material that most genuinely reflects her work and makes it available to everyone through the digital and print publication of five volumes that reproduce her most historically significant writings, and provides readers with all the background information they need to understand and interpret it for themselves.
The project efforts bore fruit in three highly-used, Web-based projects: an electronic “mini-edition” of ER’s correspondence with John F. Kennedy during the election of 1960; a Web curriculum entitled “Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt” that the National Park Service uses to interpret the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site at Val-Kill; and the online publication of all 8,112 My Day columns that ER wrote in her 26 years as a nationally syndicated columnist. These sites (www.gwu.edu/~erpapers) receive roughly 1.2 million hits a year.
Since launching Eleanor Roosevelt on the Web, the project focus expanded to take greater account of the significant audio-visual record that ER left behind and for which the Internet furnishes an ideal means of communication. Few people know that in the aftermath of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, ER addressed the nation before her husband did—an event that the project highlights in a film produced for students, teachers, and the general public.

Preview: Eleanor Roosevelt's Use of Media

CSPAN has produced two long videos on Eleanor Roosevelt and the archives containing her papers at George Washington University. Click on the title below to transfer to CSPAN where you can play the corresponding streaming video.

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Media
November 13, 2010

C‑SPAN visited the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at George Washington University to learn about the longest serving First Lady. Mrs. Roosevelt used newspaper columns, radio, speaking tours, books, and television to communicate her ideas.
American Artifacts: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Politics
Sunday, December 26, 2010
C‑SPAN visited George Washington University’s Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project to learn more about the politics, controversies, and media savvy of the former First Lady from Project Director Allida Black. Mrs. Roosevelt, First Lady from 1933-1945, published 8,000 columns, 580 articles, 27 books, 100,000 letters, 1000 speeches, and appeared on 300 radio and television shows.

John Daly
The ideas presented in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Americans for UNESCO. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

An indicator of interest in UNESCO

Source: Google Trends
The upper graph shown above shows the relative frequency with which the word "UNESCO" has been used as a search term in Google. The graph indicates a yearly cycle, with a drop in interest in UNESCO in the summer and in December. It also shows a drop in interest over the six and a half year period shown.

The lower graph indicates that the volume of references to UNESCO in Google indexed news has increased over time.
The points on the graph identified by letter above show that there was an increase in Google searches when new sites were added to the World Heritage list, when UNESCO deleted Dresden from that list due to construction which was seen to detract from its historical and scenic value, and when Irina Bokova was elected Director General of the Organization. There is an especially important meeting of the Executive Board of UNESCO followed by a General Conference of member nations every other year, in the fall. It appears that these event were marked by an increase in interest in UNESCO not only in 2009 when DG Bokova was elected, but also in 2007 and 2005.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Call for Papers - 1st World Humanities Forum

On the theme of “Universalism in a multicultural world”, the 1st World Humanities Forum will take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 24 to 26 November 2011, to facilitate collective reflection by human scientists, thinkers, and visionaries with regard to key challenges and questions facing the world in the 21st century.

The World Humanities Forum aims to:
  • Reflect on key challenges and questions facing humans today from the perspectives of human sciences;
  • Examine the status of human sciences in the context of such challenges and questions; and,
  • Promote the importance of the role of human sciences and the reflection on humanism in addressing challenges and questions.
Download the Call for papers [PDF, 43 KB].

Abstracts must be submitted by August 31st, 2011.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Much Belated Congratulations to the UC Irvine and University of Arizona

In 2007, UNESCO) named the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) at UC Irvine and the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Sustainability of Semi-arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA) at the University of Arizona joint winners of the 2007 Great Man-Made River International Water Prize.

The prize recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions in advancing the assessment, development, management and use of water resources in arid and semi-arid areas, such as ground and surface water availability and usage in areas subject to drought and desertification.

The two centers were recognized “for their action in strengthening the capacity to manage the water resources of arid and semi-arid areas around the globe through a network of international and regional cooperation.”

Multiple openings, UNESCO (France, The Netherlands, Italy)

The University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences has posted several jobs in UNESCO or UNESCO Centers on its blog:

Online Archive of UNESCO News by Google News

Google Frequency Plot of News References to UNESCO
Google News Archives provides a historical record of news dealing with UNESCO from its files. Note that the frequency of news stories was high in its early years, decreased during the late 1950s and 1960s (the period of decolonization in which many new nations joined the Organization. There was an increase in news related to UNESCO in the late 1970s, when the New International Information Order debate was hot in the United Nations, and in the mid 1980s, about the time that the United States and the United Kingdom withdrew from the organization. The archive contains fairly large numbers of news stories in recent years.

If you go to this site, you can actually view stories from the archives, learning about UNESCO's history for yourself.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Interview with Hans d'Orville, UNESCO ADG for Strategic Planning

Hans d'Orville recorded this message with the UNESCO Institute for Water Education discussing that organization and its fit in the larger program of UNESCO.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Editorial: UNESCO should support capacity building needed to better assure the ethical conduct of research

UNESCO has a program on the ethics of science and technology. Let me suggest that that program undertake a major effort to improve the ethical conduct of research, especially through support for capacity building in developing nations. Some of the issues that merit high priority are:
  • Misconduct in science, including such concerns as plagarism and fraudulent practices
  • Assurance that the peoples exposed to risks inherent in risks are also representative of the potential beneficiaries of the research if it is successful
  • Ethical treatment of researchers, laboratory workers and other people assisting in the research
  • Ethical conduct with respect to human subjects involved in the research (this has several distinct elements which are treated differently, such as patients in biomedical research, subjects in psychological or social science research, subjects involved in online research. Cultural norms are different in different societies as to who should provide the consent, how to inform the consent giver, and the ethical responsibility to specific populations such as prisoners, military personnel and mental patients.
  • Ethical conduct of the treatment of laboratory animals. Again, there are often different regulations for the treatment of non-human primates, caged mammals, livestock, fish, etc.
  • Ethical conduct of the treatment of wild animals that are research subjects, such as those involved in catch and release programs.
  • Ethical conduct with respect to the containment of materials involved in research. This is an especially complex area, including the containment of human, animal and plant pathogens, containment of exogenous species, containment of radiological materials, containment of recombinant and synthetic organisms. The issues are different with respect to the shipment, especially international shipment of materials, laboratory use of materials, and field release of materials.
  • Appropriate treatment of environmental issues, such as assurance that endangered species will not be further endangered and there will be no other environmental problems caused as a result of the research
  • Ethical issues related to the funding of research including preparation of proposals, there (peer) review, and the allocation of funds
  • Ethical issues in the reporting of research, including the publication of results
  • Ethical issue in the treatment of intellectual property arising from research
  • Ethical issues in the conduct of research in different institutional settings, such as government laboratories, universities, corporations, foundations, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Ethical conduct of research in multinational teams and by researchers working in countries other than their own
Those who have never worked in a research laboratory may not recognize how dangerous such a place may be. In the half dozen years in which I worked in an industrial laboratory, a couple of people were hospitalized due to a laboratory accident (one for many months), there was a release of toxic gases that killed livestock near one of the lab facilities, another of my colleagues was suffering from radiation sickness as a result of a previous laboratory accident, and when its nozzle broke a torpedo shaped tank of gas flew through wall after wall separating the different labs. As a research manager I had responsibility for epidemiological research programs in which research subjects died. I worked with very distinguished people who early in their careers were involved in the Nazi research lab in Peenemunde and in the Tuskegee Syphilis study. I take the ethical conduct of research very seriously, especially since the credibility of the scientific community is crucial to the utility of its work.

What can UNESCO do in this field? I would suggest that it can do many things, and often do them better than bilateral agencies of development banks:

  • It can bring together experts from different cultures to discuss and debate such as those described above in order to clarify common ethical positions and those issues on which reasonable people can differ.
  • It can provide an observatory, allowing science policy workers to easily access information on the systems that have been put in place around the world to assure the ethical conduct of research.
  • It can convene meetings of science policy workers from countries seeking to collaborate in multinational research projects to discuss how their various concerns can all be met in such projects/
  • It can identify expert consultants who can advise developing country science policy workers and institutions as to how they might build the capacity of their own organizational mechanisms to assure the ethical conduct of research.
  • It can establish criteria and indicators that nations can utilize to measure their success in assuring the ethical conduct of research, and it can advise science policy workers as to how to do so in such a way that they can effectively compare their success with that of other nations.
  • It can promote the development of training programs, especially international training programs such as those provided by UNESCO Category II Centers, on the ethical conduct of research.

As new fields of science come to the fore, so do new ethical issues. Thus the development of recombinant DNA led to issues with respect to the containment of recombinant organisms. The patenting of genes discovered in research also raised novel ethical issues. Thus, even the most developed national scientific institutions periodically must face new ethical issues. Perhaps more important, the detection of ethical problems regularly result in efforts to strengthen institutions assuring ethical behavior in order to prevent their recurrence. In the case of less developed nations, as new areas of research are first undertaken there arise new needs for institutional development to assure ethical action.

Other UN agencies and programs have interests in the ethical conduct of research. Thus, the World Health Organization has interests in helping its member nations assure the ethical conduct of biomedical research, the Food and Agriculture Organization with the ethical conduct of agricultural research, and the United Nations Environmental Program with that of environmental research. However, UNESCO given its wide responsibility for science and the long history of its program in the ethics of science and technology appears especially suited to work with science policy agencies in its member nations in order to build the ethical aspects of their national research institutions.

John Daly
The ideas expressed in this posting are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Americans for UNESCO.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Editorial: The Importance of UNESCO's Social Science Program is not Recognized

The August 5th issue of Science magazine has an editorial by Kenneth Prewitt, the President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations. It begins:
Last month, a U.S. congressional committee wisely decided not to cut funding of social science research by the National Science Foundation (NSF), despite an attack that cleverly framed the discipline as “good, just not good enough for NSF.” This claim was rebutted across the political spectrum, by physical and biological as well as social scientists, and in the business sector.
UNESCO has both a natural science program and a social and human science program. Americans would, I suppose, tend to assume that the latter program included psychology and cognitive science as "human science" in addition to the social sciences such as anthropology, economics, political science and sociology. In fact, the program has a broadly conceived effort in the social sciences studying social transitions, but also emphasizes programs focusing on the ethics of science and technology, human rights and sport. (UNESCO once had a broader interest in history as a discipline, but currently is focusing on African history and that of the Slave Trade; these efforts are managed within the Culture Sector of the Organization.)

Of course, I strongly support UNESCO's programs in the natural sciences. I continue to be surprised and concerned that UNESCO which is the flagship organization of the UN system for education and communications does not have a strong program in psychology nor in cognitive science. But, this post is focused on the social sciences per se.

UNESCO as a whole is strongly focused on promotion of peace (and a culture of peace), on sustainable development especially of the least developed countries, Africa and small island states, on gender equality, with concerns for HIV/AIDS, for policy making and for foresight and anticipation. All of these areas depend on a strong basis of knowledge and understanding from the social sciences for effective action. More importantly, UNESCO is the logical place in the UN system for the lead in the promotion of social science capacity building, especially in developing nations, and for the linkage of social science knowledge and understanding in national policy making and institution building. Moreover, UNESCO has an ability as a neutral agent to communicate knowledge from the social sciences and to strengthen social science capacities that complements that of bilateral donors and international financial institutions. Yet the resources devoted by the Organization to social sciences are tiny, especially as compared to the challenges faced by the program and the member nations of UNESCO.

Of course, there has been a long term concern related to the efficiency and effectiveness of UNESCO. In part, the concern is based on the fact that UNESCO has so many responsibilities and so few resources that it is all but impossible to carry out all its programs well. It would be fatuous to propose increasing funding for UNESCO's social science program without increasing staffing for the program, and unrealistic to suggest increasing that staffing by diverting staff positions from other, often successful programs that are also challenged as they try to do a great deal with a few people.

Still, as UNESCO makes progress in strengthening management and improving effectiveness and efficiency, I would strongly suggest it recognize the importance of the social sciences to its mission and strengthen its social science resources and program.

John Daly
The opinions in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans for UNESCO.

Photos from the Facebook UNESCO Albumon the occasion of the Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Rethinking Development: Ethics and Social Inclusion

A two-day conference, “Rethinking Development: Ethics and Social Inclusion," is to be held in Mexico City, August 17 and 18, 2011. Organized by UNESCO and the Government of Mexico, the conference will bring together 25 experts to look at ways of moving beyond purely economic and technical approaches to development towards more democratic, environmentally sustainable, socially just and culturally pluralistic societies. More specifically, it is also to provide a framework for reflection in academic, activist and policy communities.

The conference is to help set an agenda for UNESCO’s thinking and action in the decisive period for the international community that will run from the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to the expiry in 2015 of the Millennium Development Goals commitment period. It will also, more broadly, provide a framework for reflection in academic, activist and policy communities.

The conference will be opened by a formal introduction by Pilar Álvarez-Laso, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.

The conference is open to the public, subject to prior registration. To register, you may contact Ricardo Guerrero, Tel: (52-55) 3601-1650, r.guerrero@unesco.org.

For further information on the content and objectives of the conference, or on UNESCO’s activities in ethics, you may contact Josepha Montana, j.montana@unesco.org.

Cooperation between UNESCO water resource centers in the United States and the Dominican Republic

UNESCO has designated 66 international and regional institutes and centers as Category II Institutes and Centers, under the auspices of UNESCO. Nominated by member nations, these institutes and centers are recognized by UNESCO for their contributions to the achievement of UNESCO’s strategic program objectives and program priorities and themes. Supported directly by member states, these institutes and centers are not legally part of the Organization, but are associated with it through formal arrangements approved by the UNESCO General Conference.

The International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM) was established by the U.S. Army Institute for Water Resources (IWR) in 2007 in collaboration with U.S. institutions and organizations sharing an interest in the advancement of the science and practice of integrated water resources management (IWRM) around the globe. It was formalized as a UNESCO category 2 water center in October 2009 with the signing of an agreement between the U.S. Government and UNESCO. It is the first such center in the United States.

Bob Pietrowsky, Director of IWR (right)
 and Frank Rodríguez, Executive Director of INDRHI (left)
sign the memorandum of understanding

Earlier this summer on June 30, Bob Pietrowsky, Director of the IWR, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Frank Rodriguez of the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidraulicos (INDRHI) of the Dominican Republic. The MOU facilitates cooperation between the UNESCO ICIWaRM Category II center hosted by the IWR in Alexandria, VA and the Centro para la Gestion Sostenible de los Recursos Hidricos en los Estados Insulares del Caribe (The Center for the Sustainable Management of Hydorlogical Resources in the Island States of the Caribbean (CEHICA), also a UNESCO Category II Center) hosted by INDRHI.

Engineering: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development

As UNESCO undertakes a new engineering initiative you may wish to review the major report on world engineering introduced in the World Engineers Convention in 2008 and published in 2009.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Reorganization of the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO

Gretchen Kalonji, the Assistant Director General of UNESCO leading the Natural Science Sector has announced a reorganization.

The Sector staff will be grouped in three main divisions:
  • Water Sciences
  • Ecological and Earth Sciences
  • Science Policy and Capacity Building
"The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) will maintain the degree of autonomy it has enjoyed to date, while making every effort to further enhance its contribution to the work of the sector. It will continue to be served by its own Assistant Director-General, as well as by separate Executive and Administrative units."

There will be four cross cutting thematic units:
  • Natural Disasters
  • Biodiversity
  • Science Education and
  • a "UNESCO Engineering Initiative"
In addition to the four cross-cutting themes listed above, the Natural Sciences Sector will continue to play lead roles in two of the UNESCO-wide intersectoral platforms:

  • UNESCO contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and 
  • UNESCO’s contribution to the Mauritius Strategy for Small Island Developing States.

Nominations are sought for UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication

UNESCO invites its Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) maintaining official relations with it, to nominate candidates for the UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication 2012. The deadline for submitting nominations is 30 September 2011.

Established in 1985, the UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication aims to reward a pioneering and meritorious activity that contributes to improving communication in rural communities, primarily in developing countries, empowering people and giving them a voice to participate in their own development. Awarded on a biennial basis, it consists of a sum of US$ 20,000 and a diploma.

The Prize is linked with the objectives of the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC), especially with the priority of supporting community media. Community-based media contribute to pluralism, diversity of content and the representation of a society’s different groups and interests. The UNESCO-IPDC Prize is, therefore, recognition not only to those who win it, but to all community media, which through a determined day-to-day effort contribute to the respect of right to freedom of expression and to the consolidation of democracy. Read more.....

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Opposition to U.S. missile defense installation on Korean bioreserve island

Source: "Unwanted Missiles for a Korean Island", By CHRISTINE AHN, The New York Times, August 5, 2011

Jeju Island Bioreserve
Jeju Island, the largest island off the Korean coast, is a volcanic island with a shield volcano that rises to 1950 meters above sea level. The Biosphere Reserve is located at the center of the island. A diversity of ecosystems are represented in the biosphere reserve, e.g. montane coniferous forest, temperate deciduous hardwood forest, warm-temperate evergreen hardwood forest and temperate grasslands.

I quote from the NYT article:
Gangjeong, a small fishing and farming village on Jeju Island 50 miles south of the Korean peninsula, is a pristine Unesco-designated ecological reserve where elderly Korean women sea divers, haenyo, still forage for seafood. It is also the site of a fierce resistance movement by villagers who oppose the construction of a South Korean naval base on the island that will become part of the U.S. missile defense system to contain China. 
South Korea’s president, Lee Myungbak, says the base is needed to protect Seoul from an attack from Pyongyang. The problem with that assertion is that the Aegis destroyers that Lee pledged to deploy at the base aren’t designed to protect South Korea from North Korean Taepodong ballistic missiles (TBM). 
In a 1999 report to the U.S. Congress, the Pentagon verified that the Aegis system “could not defend the northern two-thirds of South Korea against the low flying short range TBMs.” 
Thus, instead of protecting South Koreans, the militarization of Jeju Island will introduce new security threats to the country by fueling an arms race in an increasingly tense region of unresolved conflicts. The naval base on Jeju Island will equip South Koreans and their American allies with the capability to strike long-range ballistic missile batteries in southeast China that target Japan or Taiwan. Washington sees this base as a central pillar to its defense system in the Asia-Pacific region. China, no doubt, sees it as a new threat.

Online Archive of UNESCO News by Google News

Google Frequency Plot of News References to UNESCO
Google News Archives provides a historical record of news dealing with UNESCO from its files. Note that the frequency of news stories was high in its early years, decreased during the late 1950s and 1960s (the period of decolonization in which many new nations joined the Organization. There was an increase in news related to UNESCO in the late 1970s, when the New International Information Order debate was hot in the United Nations, and in the mid 1980s, about the time that the United States and the United Kingdom withdrew from the organization. The archive contains fairly large numbers of news stories in recent years.

If you go to this site, you can actually view stories from the archives, learning about UNESCO's history for yourself.

Frederick Model U. N. camp hosts most students in five years

About 120 students from around the world, including India, China, Ghana, Kenya and Egypt, participated this year in the UNESCO Center for Peace model United Nations event,  to make this fifth year of the camp the best attended.  Congratulations to Guy Djoken, executive director of UNESCO Center for Peace.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Awarded to UNESCO-IHE and Partners

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and partners were awarded a US$8 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will be used to improve postgraduate sanitation education and for research with a focus on solutions for the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. This 5-year capacity building and research project was developed by Prof. Damir Brdjanovic, Professor of Sanitary Engineering at UNESCO-IHE and his team.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced this grant at the AfricaSan conference in Rwanda as part of more than $40 million in new investments launching its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene strategy.

"UNESCO-IHE and our partners: the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand, the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in Indonesia, the International Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Burkina Faso, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, Makerere University Institute of Environmental, the Natural Resources (MUIENR) in Uganda, the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil and the Universidad del Valle in Colombia, have been working hand in hand with the Gates Foundation in developing the project ideas and shaping it in a way to address the needs of the 2.6 billion people worldwide who do not have access to improved sanitation," Prof. András Szöllösi-Nagy, Rector at UNESCO-IHE explained. More....

A Colombian house showing the impact of lack of sewerage/

17th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium on the theme “Heritage: Driver of Development”

The most important triennial gathering of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) will take place from 27 November to 2 December 2011 for the first time in Paris at UNESCO Headquarters.

The General Assembly is accompanied by a Scientific Symposium on the theme "Heritage: Driver of Development". Both events are open to ICOMOS members and non-members alike.

Visit the special website www.icomos-paris2011.com to consult the full programme, register on-line and obtain information on negotiated hotel rates and the 9 post-tours to World Heritage cities in France on offer. More.....

UNESCO's Indrajit Banerjee - successes and challenges about ICT4D

Sunday, August 07, 2011

A very good video on human rights

UNESCO has been involved with the United Nations efforts to recognize and promote human rights since its very beginning. Read:

Thanks to Jan Kunzi for bringing this video to our attention through the UNESCO's Friends group on Linked In.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

An Expert Is Needed to Help UNESCO Improve Its Engineering Program

I am told that UNESCO is in the process of strengthening its emphasis on engineering. It will take time for UNESCO to hire the right person to help in that effort. As a result, there is a need for someone to step in and help for a limited period of time.

Are there any engineering societies or companies that would assign a good engineering administrator to Paris to fill in for a while. If so, contact Eric Woodard at the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. His email address is WoodardEW@state.gov

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.

Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2011: Monday August 8, 2011
  • Spring 2012: Monday February 6, 2012
  • Fall 2012: Monday August 6, 2012